Warning: Stop! If you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, do not proceed.
“Nothing’s as bad as broccoli.”
That’s what longtime Grey’s Anatomy doctor Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) kept reminding a young patient on Thursday’s episode, but in reality, his crisis was far worse.
Charged with felony assault for beating Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and entering a plea of “not guilty,” Alex’s impulsive (and reckless) act -- all because of a misunderstanding, mind you -- affected every other aspect of his life in the worst way possible.
While temporarily demoted from his role as pediatric surgeon by Grey Sloan Hospital Chief of Surgery Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) to work at the Denny Duquette Clinic while DeLuca’s assault case moves forward, Alex’s off-again girlfriend Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) breaks the news that they are 100 percent through. Yikes!
Amid all of this, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) continues to support Alex -- after all, he is “her person” -- even as it becomes increasingly difficult. Meredith and DeLuca have a chance encounter in the hospital elevator, with Meredith even going so far as to make veiled threats toward DeLuca about his lowly intern standing and his future at Grey Sloan. (Later in the episode, perhaps coupled with a guilty conscience, Meredith invites DeLuca to scrub in for a major surgery on one of Alex’s former patients.)
It’s Bailey, though, who gives Meredith the wisdom that may have opened her eyes on this entire unfortunate situation. “You are not Karev’s guardian angel,” Bailey tells Meredith. “You are blinded by this thing. Look, I know you want to help but there’s no need to go down with him.”
And proving that maybe, just maybe, Alex has grown a pair, he gives his pal permission to stray from his side: “You’re backing the wrong horse.”
Here is a rundown of where all your favorite Grey’s couples and love triangles are at the end of Thursday’s episode:
Meredith, Maggie and Riggs. Maggie admits she’s having hot sex dreams about Riggs (Martin Henderson), which makes things even more awkward when she attends Amelia and Owen’s housewarming party as a way to ask Riggs out on a date. After several attempts at asking him out, Maggie finally makes the move outside the hospital and shocker, Riggs turns her down. “I’m not ready to date anyone right now,” he says, trying to make her feel better.
When Maggie returns home after being denied and vents about it (with a few swigs of hard liquor, of course), Meredith has just filled Alex in on her Riggs hookup. Now, Alex knows about the awkward love triangle. Basically, a super long-winded way of saying: It’s complicated.
April and Jackson. April (Sarah Drew) continues to have separation anxiety after being forced to stay at the hospital while Harriet goes home with Jackson (Jesse Williams). But it all starts to click when she sings a lullaby that lulls her baby girl to sleep. When Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) advises Jackson to “be persistent” about being there for April, Jackson suggests that April and Harriet move in with him. After some hesitation, April finally agrees. Could this mean the beginning of a reconciliation for the two?
Amelia and Owen. They have a housewarming party as newlyweds and their marriage is red-hot. Hey, one Grey’s couple has to be happy! Kudos, kids.
Jo and Alex. Things are in shambles for the former couple. With Alex getting demoted at the hospital and dealing with his felony assault charge, he isn’t in the right mind to be in any type of relationship, much less one with Jo at the moment. After some pleading on Alex’s part in an attempt to win Jo back, she shuts him down cold. What the future holds for them, who knows?
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Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.